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With network set in LS polls,parties eye assembly seats

The Lok Sabha elections have established a network for every party and each wants to cash in on it for the assembly polls,coming up next.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune |
May 4, 2009 12:31:41 am

The Lok Sabha elections have established a network for every party and each wants to cash in on it for the assembly polls,coming up next.

The Pune Lok Sabha seat saw a fight between the Congress and the BJP while their respective partners backed them. In the assembly polls,every party,big or small,is keen to make its mark.

Of the 21 assembly segments in the district,14 are partly or completely within the city limits after delimitation.

“The city Congress put in all efforts to ensure it retains the Pune Lok Sabha seat. The party has a stronghold in the city and re-established the network during the polls,” city Congress spokesman Satish Desai said.

Desai,in-charge of the media cell during the polls,conceded he too was prepared to take a plunge into the assembly polls. “I am a senior leader and developed a good network during the Lok Sabha polls. That could benefit me in the assembly polls,” he said.

The BJP too is hoping that the hard work put into the Lok Sabha polls will bear fruit in the assembly polls. “We should do well in the assembly polls regardless of the Lok Sabha poll result. The party reached every corner of the city and will bank on the network again. We will fill in the gaps left during the Lok Sabha polls. All probable candidates,including I,have started working for assembly polls,” city BJP spokesperson Ujjwal Keskar said.

For the NCP,which campaigned for the Congress candidate in the city and contested in the other three constituencies,it’s a similar story. “The party set up a network in every assembly segment. We did not contest the Pune seat but are prepared to run for city seats in the assembly polls,” city NCP chief Jaideo Gaikwad said.

He said NCP workers are resting after the Lok Sabha campaign but after the results they will plunge into election action once again.

The Shiv Sena spokesperson said the party has a fixed base in and around the city and will have no problem in using the network,even though it had no candidate for the Lok Sabha polls.

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